Thursday, March 10, 2011

Give a Blessing to the Addy Grace Foundation!


This month through Give a Blessing
we are supporting the Addy Grace Foundation (AGF). 

The Addy Grace Foundation (AGF) is a nonprofit organization focused on raising awareness of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and helping diagnosed families until THE cure is found. AGF was started by James and Jennifer Garner in honor of their daughter, Addison Grace. Addy was born perfectly healthy November 30, 2008. At her 4 month checkup her Pediatrician noticed that she was not reaching many of her developmental milestones and sent her to see a Pediatric Neurologist. On her 5 month birthday the Garner's worst nightmare came true when they received her diagnosis of SMA Type 1.

The mission of AGF is to build relationships and be a source of encouragement to children and families influenced by SMA.

What is SMA?
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a motor neuron disease. The motor neurons affect the voluntary muscles that are used for activities such as crawling, walking, head and neck control, and swallowing. It is a relatively common "rare disorder": approximately 1 in 6000 babies born are affected, and about 1 in 40 people are genetic carriers.

SMA affects muscles throughout the body, although the proximal muscles (those closest to the trunk of one’s body - i.e. shoulders, hips, and back) are often most severely affected. Weakness in the legs is generally greater than in the arms. Sometimes feeding and swallowing can be affected. Involvement of respiratory muscles (muscles involved in breathing and coughing) can lead to an increased tendency for pneumonia and other lung problems. Sensation and the ability to feel are not affected. Intellectual activity is normal and it is often observed that patients with SMA are unusually bright and sociable. Patients are generally grouped into one of four categories. The determination of the type of SMA is based upon the physical milestones achieved. It is important to note that the course of the disease may be different for each child.

Would you join us?
I can only ask the question and pray for God to move your hearts.  We desire God to use Baby be Blessed as a vessel to help others.  That we would be an instrument in God's work.  Would help us?

Here's how...

~SEEK Be still and pray. How does God want to use you?

~PRAY! Visit their website and let them know you are praying!

~DONATE! Every penny adds up to make a difference!! Give your lunch money today!  If you can only donate a few dollars -PLEASE do so!!

~SPREAD THE WORD!! Grab a copy of the chipin widget below and place it on your blog/website!!  Tweet about it!  Facebook about it!  Be vessels!  Allow God to work through you!

We will be committing this month to prayer for The Addy Grace Foundation and are asking for your financial help to meet the needs of these sweet children.

Again...would you please join with us?

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*information and pictures are from the AGF website.

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